Jerry at rest (temporarily)
Hot enough for ya? Despite the heat and drought, we’ve had a lot of volunteers during this brutal summer out working with us in parks and preserves across Austin. We’ve had people cleaning pools, mulching trees and plants, spreading compost and watering, watering and watering. With 94 different groups of volunteers who have adopted parks, there are a lot of people out there that we can recognize and we’d like to thank them all – as we move into the “third month of August” in 2011 – for doing their best to help the Parks and Recreation Department through out 2011.
But, we’d like to recognize one person in particular – Jerry Levenson.
Jerry retired from IBM a few years ago and embarked on a new career working in the great outdoors. Jerry regularly volunteers with a lot of different groups, even going on “vacations” with our partners the Central Texas Trail Tamers – doing trail, rock and invasive work in national parks in Colorado, West Texas and New Mexico.
Have we mentioned that we call Jerry the human chainsaw?
Jerry has many partners who work with him – including Nadene Morning, Mike Rogan, on invasive removal. He has helped us tremendously with many invasive species management efforts in many parks and preserves, including on the south side of Barton Springs Pool in the past few months. He’s always willing to lead groups of volunteers and there’s a reason we call him the human chainsaw – check out the pictures of cut stumps and you’ll get the idea.
Great looking new observation deck that Jerry built (with help from Nadene and others...)
Jerry isn’t one for pausing and getting thanks for the work he’s done, mostly because he looks at all of the work that has to been done. But, we want to thank Jerry for all of the help he has given to our parks system this year, in past years and hopefully, for many more years to come.
Austin Parks Foundation